Skip to comments.Remington Arms History
Posted on 01/30/2019 4:54:45 AM PST by w1n1
Eliphalet Remington II founded Remington in 1816. His decision had been made that year when his homemade gun was so highly admired at a shooting contest. After forging it himself, he had taken it to a gunsmith in Utica, New York to finish making it into an actual gun. The company actually started that very day with all the admirers placing orders with him to make their guns.
Up to that time the available guns on the market were so bad that most people just made their own. They fashioned homemade rifle barrels by simply heating and hammering iron strips around a metal rod. The result was sufficient at best and usually very crude.
The founding of Remington had been a desire birthed in him in his youth by his father. His father worked as a blacksmith and wanted to expand his business into the rifle-making industry. After finally realizing the dream, he set up shop. It was not long before he was selling guns all across America. In 1828, he situated its final headquarters in Ilion, New York. At this time it officially became known as the Remington Arms Company.
He spent the next decades perfecting his craft and making increasingly better firearms, some of the best in the world. Remingtons market during the early to mid 1800s was particularly huge with a good many civilians commonly using guns for various reasons. Remington has had a strong hand in every American war since its existence, particularly the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. Read the rest of Remington Arms.
It is funny to read literature (fiction and non-fiction). IIRC Dickens has an Englishman put a revolver in his pocket and proceed to travel to The COntinent and on to Egypt with that loaded revolver and is not even challenged by customs at any point of entry. Fascinating. What was different about those folks? That they could carry loaded revolvers anywhere and not shoot up schools or train stations?
Visited the headquarters and museum in Ilion back in 2004. Very interesting and enjoyable (part of my trip to the Central Leatherstocking area that included a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame).
I will never buy another Remington. A lot of us got screwed when we bought 17HMR semi autos that were recalled due to the fact they tended to explode when fired. We were offered a replacement of a Marlin bolt action 17 HMR which is a lot cheaper cost weapon. The guys I know that returned to original never even got that. They would not refund our money for what we paid.
I hope they go bankrupt.
This Hines guy is semi-literate. He says it was a homemade gun, but it was taken to a gunsmith to finish up. Did the gunsmith live in Remington’s house?
Many European countries did have severe firearms restrictions. But these sometimes excluded foreigners or travelers passing through.
Spain for one had pretty much blanket restrictions since the Middle ages. Britain had none at all. Others varied, mostly tending to no restrictions.
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No one yet knows why the Remington 597s were exploding, whether it was the ammunition or the guns themselves, because Remington ducked out on the fight before the cause was isolated. But by not following through on the problem, development of the .17HMR cartridge has been held back (but it is a clue that Scott Volquartsen never stopped selling his semi-auto blowback-operated .17HMR rifle).
In other words, about average for 'Am Shooting Journal'.
BTW, Jon Hines is 'w1n1'.
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